This Day in History on 24th February

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including that of the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that have occurred on 24th February. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Engineer’s Day of Iran.
  • Flag Day in Mexico.
  • Independence Day of Estonia.
  • National Artist Day of Thailand.

Important Events

1739: The Battle of Karnal – Nader Shah forces defeated the army of Muhammad Shah.

1786: Charles Cornwallis appointed governor-general of India.

1822: The world’s first Swaminarayan temple was inaugurated at Ahmedabad.

1882: The infectious disease Tuberculosis (TB) was identified.

1918: Estonia gained independence from Russia.

1920: Establishment of the Nazi Party.

1952: Employees State Insurance Scheme (ESIC) was launched in India.

1957: 2nd General Election of India begins.

1961: The government decided to rename the state of Madras as Tamil Nadu.

1987: Scientist Ian Sheldon discovered the bright nebula 1987-A in the Magellanic constellation. It was then 168,000 light-years away from the earth.

1988: Prithvi, India’s first Indigenously designed surface-to-surface tactical missile was successfully test fired from Sriharikota.

2001: Pakistan agreed to negotiate nuclear deterrence with India.

2008: Fidel Castro retired as President of Cuba after 32 years.

2009: The Central government of India announced a reduction in service tax and excise duty.

2010: Indian Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to score the first double century in an ODI cricket match.

Birthday / Anniversary

1304: Ibn Battuta, a Muslim Berber Moroccan scholar and explorer.

1670: Rajaram I, the younger son of Maratha ruler Shivaji Maharaj.

1924: Talat Mahmood, an Indian playback singer.

1938: Philip Knight, the co-founder and chairman emeritus of Nike, Inc.

1939: Joy Mukherjee, an Indian film actor, and director.

1942: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, an Indian scholar, literary theorist, and feminist critic.

1948: J. Jayalalithaa, an Indian politician and film actress.

1955: Steven Jobs, an American business magnate and co-founder of Apple Inc.

1963: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, an Indian film director, and producer.

Death / Death Anniversary

1810: Henry Cavendish, an English natural philosopher, scientist, and an important experimental and theoretical chemist.

1815: Robert Fulton, an American engineer, and inventor.

1986: Rukmini Devi Arundale, an Indian Bharatanatyam dancer.

1998: Lalita Pawar, a prolific Indian actress.

2011: Anant Pai, an Indian educationalist and a pioneer in Indian comics.

2018: Sridevi, an Indian actress, and producer.

Futher Reading

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